How has another month passed??? Time needs to chill lol
I do want to take a moment to say I now have over 100 followers *wut* I can’t believe it. Thank YOU!! I started blogging for fun for me. It was a bonus that it helped me connect with really cool people like yourself <3. It’s still fun and now it’s not just for me!
Thank you for coming along with me on this journey ❤ I hope it’s as fun for you as well!! ❤ ❤
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
This was a delight. I had this on my radar last year but never got around to it but I’m so happy I finally did!! The myths and worldbuilding is some of my favorite. I can’t wait for the sequel just to experience more of the vast world and different characters. The found family and can mind speak to each other is something I didn’t know I needed. We also have an Ace character even though that isn’t the term used but the way he describes it is very much Ace. The relationships in this are just fantastic!!! I can’t find any faults with this book. It was perfection.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
This was a highly anticipated story that I couldn’t wait to get to. Unfortunately this didn’t live up to my hype. I hate when I do this to myself! I think this story would have benefited if it were longer. I wanted to connect with these characters more but I just couldn’t. This isn’t always a problem for me with short stories but we barely get any time with certain characters to even fully understand where they’re coming from. I just couldn’t care about or understand why the main character liked the love interest. This is why I think it would have served better if things could have been fleshed out more or given more time with the characters to understand them. These characters didn’t do anything for me.
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
This was another anticipated story that I was optimistically hopeful about. I think keeping my expectations low helped because I really enjoyed this. I need to say that this world and all the series won’t work for everyone. But if you like fun quirky journey through the tar-na-nog than this series is for you. We’re finally getting a story with Puck in the lead and I’m super stoked. He’s the funny sidekick and it’s nice to see him (hopefully) get a happy ending.
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
I found about this book late last year and I was intrigued by it mostly for the lgbtq+ rep & Loki. I’m not well versed in Norse mythology outside of the Thor movies lol I don’t think not knowing will hinder you from the story although a few aspects might make you say wtf, if you aren’t at all familiar with Loki & Norse myths. The writing style works so well with the mythology/ folktale feeling this story provokes. I do think if you’re going into this story with high hopes for the lesbian/ gay rep you will be sorely disappointed. At least I was because it’s a bit of a throwaway storyline and I just don’t appreciate that. Also, this is only from one person’s perspective that is often times left out of the myths or isn’t given much notoriety/ agency. This does a good job of bringing her into the light and giving her a narrative. Overall, the story was just alright. The beginning was the best part, the middle dragged and the ending was too quick.
The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
This is the fourth book in the Wayfarers series. You don’t have to read them in order but the second book will spoil the ending of the first book. THIS BOOOK!! Gah, it’s just what the doctor ordered. These books are very much character driven. In this one we’re following a bunch of different species that end up stuck on this planet. I can’t tell you how much I loved each and every one of them. You know how when reading multiple POV’s there’s always that one you just want to skip, not here. They’re all so unique and precious. I think this may be my favorite of the series it’s just melt-your-heart-too-pure-for-this-world-good.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
This was everything I knew it would be. Concrete Rose takes place before The Hate U Give following Maverick as he navigates life as an unexpected teen father. I loved him when reading him as Star’s dad so I was very excited to get a story about him. I think Angie’s writing is so wonderful. I’m not a big contemporary reader but for her I will always read her books. After finishing this it made me want to pick up THUG because I just love these characters so much.
Did you see March’s Bingo board? Here’s the post to check that out. I still haven’t figured out what books I want to read lol Will you be joining me? No worries as there will be one next month xD
As for February’s here is my stamped board:
No one is more surprised than me for getting 2 bingos. I thought hitting 1 would be impossible.
The Iron Raven Sunshine Grump Duo, Flowers on cover, Epilogue
Raybearer Found Family, African Mythology, Black Author
The Galaxy and the Ground Within Sequel in series
The Witch’s Heart Friends to lovers, Female friendships
Fireheart Tiger Read in one sitting, Read in bed, Pink cover
Concrete Rose Young Adult, City setting, Red cover